Canton artist brings stained glass paintings to HVCA in Highland

By Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press J. Susan Aitken loves the look of stained glass. But instead of working in that medium, she captures its likeness through her paintings. Stained glass became her subject after a trip with her children years ago to Italy and France, where she was captivated by the beautifully ornateContinue reading “Canton artist brings stained glass paintings to HVCA in Highland”

Detroit photographer exhibits emotional photos, stories of refugees

Stephanie Sokol for The Oakland Press Looking through his lens, photographer Kenny Karpov tries to capture who people truly are — their expressions, their bodies and the light in their eyes. His emotional portraits, paired with written work, tell their stories. In Karpov’s latest project, the book “Despite It All We Never Learn,” he tellsContinue reading “Detroit photographer exhibits emotional photos, stories of refugees”

Six pierogi spots to try at the annual Pierogi Fest in Whiting this weekend

By Stephanie Sokol for The Chicago Tribune Loading up on potato-filled goodness during the last weekend in July has become a Northwest Indiana tradition — drawing crowds for more than two decades. Pierogi Fest in downtown Whiting celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend, featuring more than 30 food and beverage vendors. People flock in toContinue reading “Six pierogi spots to try at the annual Pierogi Fest in Whiting this weekend”

Silverware artist upcycles cast-offs to beautiful objects

By Stephanie Sokol for Digital First Media We all know recycling is a way to help reduce waste going into our landfills. But for some creative people, it can be a form of art. Christine Yonker upcycles vintage silverware, turning it into something completely different and beautiful. She started out working more with glass, butContinue reading “Silverware artist upcycles cast-offs to beautiful objects”

Paint Creek Center for the Arts introduces new executive director

By Stephanie Sokol for Digital First Media Elizabeth Chilton wears many hats. She serves on multiple museum boards and has held many corporate roles at museums in the Detroit area. She also is a single mother and a yogi. Now, she is taking on a role she is really looking forward to — executive directorContinue reading “Paint Creek Center for the Arts introduces new executive director”

Coming-of-age film ‘Superior’ showcases beauty of Northern Michigan

Birmingham-native filmmaker Edd Benda returned to his home state last year to put together the Upper Peninsula adventure film “Superior.” The idea for the film came to Benda, 25, at a family Thanksgiving dinner table a few years ago. His uncle, Karl Benda, shared the story of a bicycle trip he took Up North moreContinue reading “Coming-of-age film ‘Superior’ showcases beauty of Northern Michigan”

Oakland University’s ISE department hosts Siemens PLC workshop

By Stephanie Sokol, Communications Assistant and Amanda Beaton, Siemens Cooperates with Education for OUSECS A Siemens PLC workshop for high school, community college and university instructors was hosted at OU by the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department.  Part of the “Summer with Siemens” series, the workshop drew 11 teachers and professors from Michigan, WisconsinContinue reading “Oakland University’s ISE department hosts Siemens PLC workshop”

Mechanical engineering student awarded academic scholarship

By Stephanie Sokol for SECS Stephen Powell was recently awarded a $2,000 academic scholarship from engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, for the 2014-15 school year. Powell studies mechanical engineering at Oakland University. Contestants submitted essays, letters of recommendation, volunteer experience and class standing both in the engineering school and department, in order to beContinue reading “Mechanical engineering student awarded academic scholarship”

First week of STEM camps a success

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS Last week, students from 3rd to 12th grade gathered in Dodge Hall and the OU INCubator, to build and experiment in engineering. The annual summer-long STEM camps give kids the chance to explore the field. “The kids have a lot of ideas and keep experimenting, so it’s nice,” said Ruth John,Continue reading “First week of STEM camps a success”

OU and University of Michigan team up for ISE class trip

Stephanie Sokol for OUSECS Students in Industrial and Systems Engineering Department instructor William Edwards’ Flexible and Lean ManufacturingSystems class had some hands-on experience during a trip to the University of Michigan’s Tauber Institute for Global Operations in Ann Arbor. The opportunity allowed the students to apply lessons learned in the classroom to real-world situations. Students built Borg-Warner TurboChargers on anContinue reading “OU and University of Michigan team up for ISE class trip”